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Zappa's Views on Religion.
derF
I think I may have posted these lyrics (for Frank Zappa's song "Dumb all Over" on one of the previous sites but I think the man's forward thinking should be exposed on our new site. And therefore.........

DUMB ALL OVER !

Whoever we are
Wherever were from
We shoulda noticed by now
Our behavior is dumb
And if our chances
Expect to improve
Its gonna take a lot more
Than tryin to remove
The other race
Or the other whatever
From the face
Of the planet altogether

They call it the earth
Which is a dumb kinda name
But they named it right
cause we behave the same...
We are dumb all over
Dumb all over,
Yes we are
Dumb all over,
Near n far
Dumb all over,
Black n white
People, we is not wrapped tight

Nurds on the left
Nurds on the right
Religous fanatics
On the air every night
Sayin the bible
Tells the story
Makes the details
Sound real gory
bout what to do
If the geeks over there
Dont believe in the book
We got over here

You cant run a race
Without no feet
n pretty soon
There wont be no street
For dummies to jog on
Or doggies to dog on
Religous fanatics
Can make it be all gone
(I mean it wont blow up
n disappear
Itll just look ugly
For a thousand years...)

You cant run a country
By a book of religion
Not by a heap
Or a lump or a smidgeon
Of foolish rules
Of ancient date
Designed to make
You all feel great
While you fold, spindle
And mutilate
Those unbelievers
From a neighboring state

To arms! to arms!
Hooray! thats great
Two legs aint bad
Unless theres a crate
They ship the parts
To mama in
For souvenirs: two ears (get down!)
Not his, not hers, (but what the hey? )
The good book says:
(it gotta be that way!)
But their book says:
Revenge the crusades...
With whips n chains
n hand grenades...
Two arms? two arms?
Have another and another
Our God says:
There aint no other!
Our God says
Its all okay!
Our God says
This is the way!

It says in the book:
Burn n destroy...
n repent, n redeem
n revenge, n deploy
n rumble thee forth
To the land of the unbelieving scum on the other side
cause they dont go for whats in the book
n that makes em bad
So verily we must choppeth them up
And stompeth them down
Or rent a nice french bomb
To poof them out of existance
While leaving their real estate just where we need it
To use again
For temples in which to praise our god
(cause he can really take care of business!)

And when his humble tv servant
With humble white hair
And humble glasses
And a nice brown suit
And maybe a blond wife who takes phone calls
Tells us our God says
Its okay to do this stuff
Then we gotta do it,
cause if we dont do it,
We aint gwine up to hebbin!
(depending on which book youre using at the
Time...cant use theirs... it dont work
...its all lies...gotta use mine...)
Aint that right?
Thats what they say
Every night...
Every day...
Hey, we cant really be dumb
If were just following gods orders
Hey, lets get serious...
God knows what hes doin
He wrote this book here
An the book says:
He made us all to be just like him,
So...
If were dumb...
Then God is dumb...
(an maybe even a little ugly on the side)
I'll drink to that. Or anything else for that matter.
 
seeker
Zappa was definitely a great source of quotes against religion. Actually Dumb All Over is part of a suite of songs on the 'You Are What You Is' album skewering religion. Zappa was a very rational guy, you might find this page enlightening about him
 
willie
It's funny, I never really think of Zappa as being particularly anti religion, like Seeker says I think his lyrics stem from a general rationalism.

Of course he is clearly anti religion. Does that make sense?
 
catman
I didn't know that Zappa was anti-religious, but I would have guessed it, great skeptic that he was. I'll keep an eye out for a CD of that album; I hope there is one.
"If I owned both Hell and Texas, I'd live in Hell and rent out Texas." - General Sheridan
 
seeker
Zappa's career was so remarkable that its often hard to explain to people just how diverse he really was. A good indicator though is the difference between "You Are What You Is", which is really a fantastic combination of concept album and political statement and "Hot Rats" which is practically a jazz rock masterpiece.
 
catman
I still like his first album Freak Out!, with such masterpieces as Help, I'm a Rock. He was an excellent guitarist, too. The Mothers were all good jazz players, and it showed.
"If I owned both Hell and Texas, I'd live in Hell and rent out Texas." - General Sheridan
 
willie
I made myself a Zappa t shirt once, people would ask what his music was like. As you say seeker, tough one to answer.

I just checked, he made 78 albums including 21 posthumous.
 
Photon
I plan on doing most of my work posthumously.
 
derF
What many don't realize is how prolific a composer Zappa was. He even composed music scores for movies. (albeit obscure ones) He literally release dozens and dozens of albums both studio and live and was a front runner in achieving studio quality recordings live on stage. Just before he died he release some classically influenced albums, one of which was titled Yellow Shark. Check his work out with Ike Wallace (a favorite Zappa musician) on another obscure album called Thing Fish.



Edited? Who do you think you're dealing with, here?
Edited by derF on 09/18/2008 23:59
I'll drink to that. Or anything else for that matter.
 
seeker
Photon wrote:
I plan on doing most of my work posthumously.


Remember to wait at least an hour after the humous or you'll get cramps.
 
Cynic
I'm generally ignorant of Zappa, which even I think is sad. I was recently in Connecticut visiting relatives though and after enough IPA my host pulled out something from him he thought I needed to hear and it was pretty cool. I have no idea what it was. It seemed to be a lot of live instrmental stuff from late in his career. I tried looking it up in his discography, but that's fucking huge! Best guess would be something in the neighborhood of Jazz From Hell or Guitar, but I don't know.
 
derF
For you jazz aficionados might I also recommend another Zappa Live double album entitled 'Make a Jazz Noise Here.' You will not be disappointed.
I'll drink to that. Or anything else for that matter.
 
catman
derF: Thanks. I'll keep it in mind.
"If I owned both Hell and Texas, I'd live in Hell and rent out Texas." - General Sheridan
 
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